Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in east China’s Anhui Province for an inspection tour on Tuesday.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visited the floodgate of the Wangjiaba Dam on the Huaihe River and other flood-hit areas in Funan County, Fuyang City. He also went to a “zhuangtai,” a residential structure built on raised ground at a higher elevation that functions as a haven from river floods.
Since June, Anhui has been ravaged by floods and landslides caused by incessant heavy rains.
The president also met with local officials and residents and learned about flood prevention and disaster relief work and the progress of recovery efforts.
“I have always been concerned about the people in flood-stricken areas,” Xi said while meeting locals, adding that he felt ease after seeing villagers had a place to live and had restarted production.
Severe rainstorms have hit many regions in China this summer, triggering flooding of rivers. According to the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM), 54.8 million people in 27 provincial-level regions have been affected.
Chinese leaders have called for unrelenting efforts to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property.
During a CPC leadership meeting on July 17, President Xi stressed putting people’s lives and property first and taking more forceful measures to do well in flood control and relief work.
China has made all-out efforts in flood control and disaster relief with massive mobilization, evacuations and a top-level emergency response in several hard-hit provinces.
Through the nationwide joint efforts, the MEM said, the number of deaths and missing due to floods fell by 53.9 percent from with the national average of the past five years. The number of evacuated people increased by 36.7 percent, the ministry added.
Enhance capabilities to cope with natural disasters
Noting that China has fought against natural disasters for thousands of years, Xi on Tuesday also urged respect for nature, harmony between humans and nature and efforts to improve capabilities to cope with natural disasters.
“We should modernize our ability to prevent and combat natural disasters in our effort to build a modern socialist country in an all-round way,” Xi added.
Hailed as the “most important floodgate on the Huaihe River,” the floodgate of the Wangjiaba Dam sets a good example of China’s flood preparation.
The floodgate, built in 1953 was opened for the 16th time on July 20 to store water, intercepting 375 million cubic meters of potential floodwater by July 23 when it was closed.
The CPC leadership meeting on July 17 also stressed that China needs to comprehensively enhance its disaster prevention capability and will include capacity building on disaster prevention in its 14th Five-Year Plan covering the period 2021-2025.
Danish Scholar: Report by U.S., Canadian Think Tanks on Xinjiang is Full of Lies
In March, the U.S. Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy and the Canadian Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights published a report on Xinjiang, fabricating lies to attack the human rights situation in the region. In response to this so-called “academic report,” European scholars have jointly published a report, noting that the Newlines institute has close ties to the U.S. government and that the identity of the experts who drafted the study is unclear.
In a recent exclusive interview with China Media Group, Danish scholar Jan Oberg, also the co-founder of The Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research (TFF), said that the data in the report released by the American and Canadian institutes were full of falsehoods and had no academic basis.
Xi Jinping Visits Relocated Nanyang Locals for China’s Mega Water Diversion Project
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday paid a visit to relocated residents for the country’s mega water diversion project on the second day of his trip in Nanyang, central China’s Henan Province.
His visit this time marks his sixth inspection around the country this year, following southern areas of Guangxi and Fujian, southwest province of Guizhou, northern province of Hebei and capital Beijing.
To quench the thirsty north
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project – the world’s largest operation of its kind – was designed to optimize the allocation of water sources of the country and quench the thirsty north. Essentially, that would require taking water from China’s longest river, the Yangtze, through the project’s eastern, middle and western routes to feed the north.
On Thursday afternoon, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, went to the county of Xichuan, where he inspected the Taocha Canal Head, the Danjiangkou Reservoir and the village of Zouzhuang.
Xi listened to updates on the construction, management and operation of the middle route of the water diversion project, and the ecological conservation of the water source region.
He also learned about the resettlement of people relocated because of the project, and measures to develop specialty industries and boost the incomes of resettled residents.
Xi told the villagers that he was concerned about their livelihoods and the whole nation should be gratitude for their sacrifice to make people along the route to drink good quality water.
According to official data released in February, over 40 billion cubic meters of water were transferred through the project’s middle and eastern routes since part of the project went into operation.
The middle route of the project – the most prominent of the three routes of the project – starts from the Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China and runs across Henan and Hebei provinces before reaching Beijing and Tianjin.
Xi also visited a villager surnamed Zou. Zou said life is getting better thanks to the leadership of the CPC.
“This year marks the 100th founding anniversary of the CPC. 100 years ago, the CPC was founded to make a good life for the people, not for its own interests,” Xi said.
“The 100-year history of our Party’s struggle is the history of working for the happiness of the people. The people are the rivers and mountains. The Party fights for and guards the rivers and mountains, all for the happiness of the people,” Xi stressed.
How Does Xi Jinping Express Gratitude And Love to his Mother?
As International Mother’s Day, an important occasion that falls on the second Sunday of May every year, will be celebrated on May 9 this year, the media started reporting moving stories about mothers and children.
Among the stories, Xi Jinping’s stands out as he is not only a son but also the president of China.
How does the president express gratitude and love to his mother? Xi’s way can be figured out when he stressed the importance of family bonds and family love and emphasized family education on many occasions.
Xi Jinping and his mother Qi Xin. /CCTV
Pass down family tradition
When President Xi delivered his first New Year address in 2013, photos placed on his bookshelves caught the online community’s attention, especially the image of him walking hand in hand with his mother.
Xi is a filial son. He chats with his mother Qi Xin, and takes a walk with her whenever he has time.
While meeting with representatives to the first National Conference of Model Families in December 2016, Xi told a story about family education. The conference was the first of its kind to honor model families selected nationwide. A total of 300 model families were honored.
“When I was a child, my mother gave me a picture-story book series－’The Legend of Yue Fei.’ One of its more than 10 volumes shows Yue Fei’s mother tattooing four characters saying ‘serve the country with the utmost loyalty’ across his back,” Xi said, adding that the story of Yue Fei, a well-known ancient military figure fighting against invasion, deeply impressed him.
Qi led a simple life, which became a tradition for the family. No matter how painstaking to take care of the family while working, she never compromised her work. Her lifestyle and the family atmosphere guided Xi’s values.
“A person who failed to be incorruptible and self-disciplined will become a person with no guts. Keep in mind that honesty is a blessing and greed is a curse while establishing a correct view of power, status, and interests,” Qi once wrote in a letter to Xi, reminding him of self-discipline. Xi has incorporated these beliefs into his ideology and governance practices.
Calling corruption the “biggest” risk to the Party’s governance, Xi has stressed there is “no alternative” but to fight corruption against all odds and called for rigorous self-discipline within the Party.
While going after corrupt officials, including both high-ranking “tigers” to lower-level “flies” on the domestic front, Beijing has also carried out such operations as “Sky Net” and “Fox Hunt” to hunt down venal officials who have fled abroad.
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